- A Blockbuster Christmas by Dan
years ago my wife and I were driving to visit family on Christmas morning.
We stopped for gas at a convenience store far off the beaten path, a
quiet Southern crossroads surrounded by churches. After filling up the
tank, I went inside to pay and was surprised to find a long line at
the cashier. From the back of the line I watched in amazement as each
person stepped up and selected videos to rent from behind the counter.
It was 11 A.M. on the most wonderful day of year," and the boredom of
Christmas had already driven these folks out in search of something
- Christmas in New Orleans by
Rain drums these familiar
pot-holed streets tonight, falling through the mild air onto warehouses,
factories, dilapidated houses, and projects half-demolished, half-inhabited.
Even the poorest roofs and windows in New Orleans's Desire Street projects
glow through the downpour with colored lights and orange electric candles.
The light from some displays can be seen a block away. Canned-snow lettering
covers windowsills with Merry Christmas messages.
- Christmas & the Stem Cell Debate
by Frank Young
four hundred years ago, Rabelais prophetically stated "Science without
conscience is but death of the soul."
The recent successful cloning of a sheep and
successful stem-cell transplantations have heightened ethical concerns.
Cloning and stem-cell harvesting challenge our understanding of the
very nature of humanness. The DNA code has been cracked, and Christians
must understand the implications.
- From Backstreet Boy to God's Man by
The limousine pulled up
and Burk Parsons climbed in. Four other teenagers sat beside him - laughing,
chomping on snacks, and watching the world through the lens of luxury.
Burk was living the teen dream.
Just a few months earlier, he'd been
contacted by a high-powered financier to audition for a new boys' singing
group. ... Life was a dream. Then God intensified the plot.
- When Life and Beliefs Collide by
Carolyn Custis James
Although at times it unsettles
us, the Bible sets our lives squarely within the parameters of God's
reign. The details of women's lives are part of God's great plan. Most
women don't see their lives in such bold terms. A lot of women live
with a subterranean sense that God doesn't have a plan for them. If
there is a plan at, it is only temporary and quickly discarded when
"someone" comes along with a real plan.
Volume 20, Number 4
© 2001 Reformed Theological Seminary
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unthinkable act of violence against our nation occurred. We were shocked
saddened and outraged. The memory of that day will be with us all our
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